Shadiyah is a professional Middle Eastern / Belly Dance artist based in the Washington, DC, MD and VA areas. A student of dance since the age of five, she has trained & studied classical ballet under the tutelage of Terry Hazel (Royal Academy of Dance syllabus), tap, jazz, modern, Liturgical, German and Italian folkloric, Egyptian cabaret & Folkloric dances, Lebanese, Turkish, American Tribal style, Moroccan, Classical, Folk & Contemporary Persian, and Bollywood Filmi, Bhangra and Mujra dancing. She has also studied several Classical Indian dance styles including, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Khatak. Exclusively in 1999, her dreams were realized as she ventured into the wonderful and culturally diverse world of Middle Eastern/South Asian Dance.
Shadiyah's dedication to the art continues though education and research on the history, cultures & various dances of the Middle East. Through individual dance training Shadiyah's emphasis is on Egyptian, Lebanese, Bollywood & Persian styles of dance. She trains with private lessons & attends workshops around the country with some of the top international performers/instructors including Sahra Saeeda, Miriam Peretz, Lotus Niraja, Aziza of Montreal, Orit Maftsir of Isreal, Faten Salama, Yoursy Sharif, Nourhan Sharif, Zaza Hassan, Raqia Hassan, Fifi Abdo, Dr. Mo Geddawi & Randa Kamal of Egypt, and many more!
A well known & favorite performer in the Indian and Persian communities, her specialties include, Bollywood/Filmi Bhangra and Mujra dance, Classical & contemporary Persian dance along with various tray and balancing dances showcasing amazing floor work as well as Wings of Isis. Fusing all these beautiful art forms into a style uniquely her own, Shadiyah's elegant and graceful style captivates audiences of all ages.
Shadiyah may be seen performing nationally as well as locally at select area venues from Gaithersburg and Frederick to Baltimore and Richmond. She made her New York City debut at Lafayette Grill on September 1, 2006 and as a quest, performed and taught on the Queen Elizabeth II Ocean Liner in January 2006. She is available for private functions including, Embassies, Universities, corporate events, concerts, art galleries, bar/bat mitvah's, weddings, engagements, henna/sangeets. bridal showers, birthday parties, princess parties for children, quincenera's, all female gatherings, graduations, retirement homes and more!
Her family friendly, energetic, and graceful performances are appropriate for people of all ages. Shadiyah will work with you to customize your special event, to accommodate various cultural and religious sensitivities and to ensure a wonderful and memorable experience for everyone!
Please note that Shadiyah cannot honor requests for bachelor parties, all male events or exotic dancing. For more information on booking Shadiyah for your next event, please visit the Bookings page.